First Thursdays

First Thursdays are outdoor festivals that showcase the diversity of arts and humanities at IU Bloomington and offer a welcoming environment for students to explore new creative outlets and engage with the work of their peers and faculty members. Previous festivities have included everything from opera signers to breakdancers, stage-fighting to clay-throwing, and much, much more. Each First Thursday is unique, and each is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful work of artists, performers, and scholars from all across campus.

The September 3rd First Thursday will carry on the spirit of our larger festivals by offering unique opportunities for creative exploration and engagement, but with a focus on small-stage performances and individual activities spread out around several Open Air Venues. This First Thursday Trial will allow for better social-distancing and other public safety measures. 

Note: To facilitate contact tracing, all First Thursday attendees are asked to register using the link below. You must use an IU email address to register.

Open Air Venues

Metz Carillon Stage
Woodburn Clock Stage
Conrad Prebys Amphitheater

Prebys Amphitheater

Featuring performances from faculty and students in the Jacobs School of Music’s Ballet Department and Jazz Department, and an interactive dance activity led by Baba Stafford, director of the African American Dance Company

Step/Line Dancing is a wildly popular dance social activity in communities across the globe. Come learn a popular  line dance with Baba Stafford and a few of his students, while masking and social distancing!

Focus on wellness and health with a 45-minute all-levels yoga flow offered by Director of IU Contemporary Dance Elizabeth Shea.  Linking breath to movement, we will fine-tune our mind/body instrumentsand find strength moving as a community.  Please bring your own yoga mat and water.

The Political and Civic Engagement Program (PACE) and Themester 2020 offer a multi-activity station where students can register to vote, take in pop-up exhibits featuring suffrage and democracy in design, and pick up a Themester 2020 T-shirt or a “Democracy Checklist” to increase political engagement. PACE is celebrating 10 years as an active program and spearheading the IU’s Big 10 Voting Challenge, an effort to increase voter education, while Themester’s fall 2020 focus is “Democracy” with activities through the semester.

"Suffragist History of Indiana University and Monroe County," a pop-up poster exhibit, is part of IU Bloomington's commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. This exhibit, curated by Wylie House director Carey Champion and IU Archives Director Dina Kellams, draws from multiple IU collections to highlight women and groups associated with the local suffragist movement, from local and statewide activists to national leaders who came to speak on campus. IU worked with the Monroe County History Center to find some of the information on local leaders. The exhibit includes a posters that highlight Black women who were surely active but not documented; an IU student women’s walkout on election day, 1894; and the IU Women’s League organization.

Stop by Home Base to learn about upcoming outdoor and virtual events at IU Bloomington, and get your Student Creativity Kit. These kits contain dozens of activities and materials organized under the categories of Create, Share, Reflect, Explore, and Express. The kits are a safe and convenient way for you to take the creative spirit of First Thursdays back to your dorm or apartment and continue to follow your passions, either alone or in small groups, throughout the semester.